Viva voce examinations formed a part of theory component of final summative examination. Since viva voce was conducted to all students irrespective of their passing status in theory, the exercise was found to be time consuming. In this perspective, this study was conducted to determine the impact of viva voce examination on student performance in the summative examination. Three batches of first year medical students were involved in this study. Their theory and viva voce scores in Physiology were reviewed. The ratio of theory to viva voce scores of final summative examination was compared between the passed and failed students of all three batches. Results indicated that there was no correlation between student performance in viva voce examination and that of theory. However, there was no difference in the mean ratio within the batches according to passing status.
Key words: Reliability, face validity, assessment.
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